Last night, the GOP revealed their new healthcare plan which will supposedly replace the Affordable Care Act. As such, Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah went on CNN to answer questions about the GOP’s goals with the new healthcare plan moving forward.
However, instead of demonstrating compassion and understanding for those lower-income Americans who need a healthcare plan the most, Chaffetz chose to essentially insinuate that poor people everywhere were greedy if they weren’t setting aside money for healthcare costs in the first place.
“Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice,” Chaffetz said, “So maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”
Um … do you know that a new iPhone is only $700, whereas the average hospital stay costs $10,000?
Naturally, Twitter leapt upon the highly misguided comment, and people are roasting Chaffetz for his frankly insulting remark.
Twitter users feel compelled to point out that the cost of an iPhone is actually nothing in comparison with the charges associated with actual medical procedures.
Chaffetz later attempted to “walk back” his incendiary remark on America’s Newsroomthe Fox News show by saying, “What we’re trying to say — and maybe I didn’t say it as smoothly as I possibly could — but people need to make a conscious choice and I believe in self-reliance. And they’re going to have to make those decisions.”
Translation: “I still meant everything I said, but forget the thing about iPhones, okay?”
Next time you do an interview in support of new GOP legislation, try your best to hide your contempt for poor people, Jason! And, like, maybe stop implying that it’s their own fault for daring to be poor?
(Side note: Jason Chaffetz’s Twitter handle is @jasoninthehouse, which makes me cringe, because I know with every fiber of my being that he truly thought this was a clever choice.)